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TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III features several upgrades from previous 5D models. This professional DSLR camera has a 61-point AF sensor, which is an improvement upon the 9-point sensor on the older model, but can be a slight hindrance depending on your shooting methods. The new Digic 5+ processor is the latest in SLR processing and is 30% faster than many other cameras on the market. It also enhances the camera’s ability to reduce noise, especially if you are using a higher ISO. The design is close to perfect, as many of the buttons are within reach of your left or right hand so you won’t have to hold the camera in an awkward position. This camera easily takes our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award.

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Image Quality
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With the new Digic 5+ processor, the EOS 5D Mark III performs functions quickly in almost every setting. This 22.3 megapixel camera quickly handles any buffers of large-file images and pushes them through to your display in no time. If you are shooting in RAW and JPEG, this camera easily handles the six frames per second. If you plan on just shooting in JPEG, you can continuously shoot and not have to worry about burst sizes and buffering.

Using a CF memory card, you can shoot continuously until your card is full due to the speed of the camera and memory card. A traditional SD card merits about 42 frames until the camera needs to catch up. The full-frame processor (24mm x 36mm) allows the camera to have an ISO range of 100 to 25600 with the expandable options of L: 50 to H2: 102400.

One excellent feature of the Mark III is the auto focus point system. The 61-point AF system delivers greater accuracy no matter what kind of shooting scenario you find yourself in. The dedicated AF menu tab lets you control the points without going through any other menus. The maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second is ubiquitous among many professional DSLR cameras

Design
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8.8/10
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A full-framed processor gives you more of a WYSIWYG shooting experience. The Mark III gives you a wide-angle perspective, and, when compared to other cameras, a better depth of field. This wider perspective is great for sports shooting and landscape photography. It also allows for a higher ISO, but, at the same time, is much more expensive than crop-sensor cameras.

Canon has tested this digital SLR camera and determined an official shutter life of 150,000 shots. On one battery charge, the 5D Mark III takes almost 950 shots. This depends on how often you use the color 3.2-inch LCD screen and what resolution of photos you are taking. The number generally decreases if you want a live view of all your pictures.

Like many professional cameras, the magnesium alloy body is durable and withstands even the most treacherous environment. It’s also lightweight, easy to grip, and the buttons are close to your fingers on each hand.

Features
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Using the Creative Photo button on the left of the LCD, you can access a multi-exposure mode that lets you blend between two and nine exposures into one single image. You can either select an image already on your card or images you will take. There are six Picture Style color response presets such as standard, neutral, portrait, landscape and monochrome. These affect the color of new and older images.

One feature we loved on this professional DSLR camera is the selection of HDR modes. The built-in HDR mode takes three shots: one correctly exposed, one over-exposed and one under-exposed. These shots are then combined into an HDR image, which is a very popular shooting method these days.

You will also find a mini-HDMI out port on this professional camera, along with a mic input and Video Out port.

Help & Support
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9.4/10
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The 5D has a one-year warranty and you can download the latest firmware updates directly from the Canon site. The site also has a FAQs section and a resource and learning center. This center has printable reference materials and how-to videos that can teach you shooting and editing techniques.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Summary:
9.4/10

The Canon 5D Mark III is a professional camera that is great for family, landscape, scenery and action shots. The new processor is fast and efficient, and performs exceptionally well when doing continuous shooting. The camera has one the broadest ISO ranges in our lineup and a 61-point AF system. Moreover, with the improvements to video capturing, you can expand your talents outside of photography. This is a great professional camera for any shooting situation.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pros
The new Digic 5+ processor adds a new level of performance by working harder to enhance noise production at higher ISOs and faster processing speeds.

Cons
The 61-point AF system is a little overwhelming. Video recording drops to a sludgy 480p when attached to an external monitor.

The Verdict
: 9.35/10

This camera is worth your consideration due to the full-frame CMOS sensor that captures all of your sports and landscape photography with perfection.